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    Sensational Superb Gem 1913-S Barber Quarter
    The Emery-Nichols Collection Specimen
    Possibly Acquired From San Francisco Mint

    1913-S 25C MS67 PCGS. CAC. Wisps of gold and lilac toning add to the overall eye appeal of this incredible Superb Gem. The 1913-S is one of the three key dates in the Barber quarter series, and the only one of those three issues that Dr. Duckor was able to acquire in the quality he desires. The strike is crisp, with slight weakness on stars 3 and 11, and similar weakness on the right (facing) claw. Otherwise, all elements are bold. Most of the Mint State 1913-S quarters on the market today came from original rolls, and are brilliant. Only those few that have been in long time cabinets, such as this piece, have acquired the delicate original toning that connoisseurs appreciate so much.
    The 1913-S quarter had a mintage of just 40,000 coins, and with the exception of a handful of coins that collectors ordered from the Mint, the entire mintage went into circulation, and saw extensive use in commerce. The low grade of nearly all survivors is testament to their use. Consider that the average PCGS certified grade of 671 submissions is just 12, and that average grade tends towards the higher numbers due to resubmission of better grade pieces. PCGS has only certified 61 grading events, including resubmissions, in all Mint State grades.
    Samuel Benton Emery was born in Sanford, Maine, on October 15, 1848, and died in Melrose, Massachusetts, on July 4, 1914. A New England banker, Emery began collecting at an early age, and was one of the first buyers of Augustus Heaton's book Mint Marks. In the introduction to the Bowers and Merena catalog of the Emery and Nichols Collections, Dave Bowers wrote: "Intending that his collection would live after him, Mr. Emery prepared several handwritten documents 'to whom it may concern' giving instructions for continuing the collection by making regular purchases of Proof and other coins each year from the Mint, how to transact with dealers and other advice."
    The heir to the Emery Collection was his son-in-law, Walter Prescott Nichols (1889-1941), who apparently continued the collection as Emery desired. Nichols was a certified public accountant educated at Northeastern University. He was officially a resident of Melrose, Massachusetts, but maintained an additional residence in Maine. His obituary indicates that he was a deputy sheriff for York County, Maine, and he was also active in distribution of the York County, Maine commemorative half dollars.
    It seems that Emery probably acquired the present 1913-S quarter directly from the San Francisco Mint shortly before his death, for it is carried in Walter Nichols' notebook at a cost of 30 cents. Population: 3 in 67, 1 finer (6/09).
    Ex: S. Benton Emery; Walter P. Nichols; Nichols Estate (Bowers and Merena, 11/1984), lot 637.
    From The Steven Duckor Collection of Barber Quarters.
    (Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 23ZW, PCGS# 5666)

    Weight: 6.25 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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